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Rep. Richard Hanna’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 22nd District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Hanna’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Hanna’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

4th most bills among Competitive House Seats; tied with 3 others

4 of Hanna’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 535: Condemning in the strongest terms ...; H.R. 838: Security in Bonding Act of ...; H.R. 1444: Commonsense Contracting Act of 2015; H.R. 2411: Strong Start for America’s Children ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
9 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 4th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans 34th most bills (tied w/ 27) out of 247 0
14 bills View All
All Representatives 61st most bills (tied w/ 43) out of 440 0
16 bills View All
 

Bills Introduced

7th fewest bills among New York Delegation; tied with 1 other

Hanna introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 7th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 27 3
26 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 26th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 55 2
27 bills View All
House Republicans 109th fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 247 0
46 bills View All
All Representatives 178th fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 440 0
65 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

9th most absent among Competitive House Seats; tied with 2 others

Hanna missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Hanna’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
New York Delegation 8th most absent (tied w/ 1) out of 27 0
17% missed votes View All
Competitive House Seats 9th most absent (tied w/ 2) out of 55 0
8% missed votes View All
All Representatives 126th most absent (tied w/ 9) out of 433 0
24% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

11th most bipartisan among House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 253 bills that Hanna cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
New York Delegation 14th least bipartisan out of 27 13
39% of bills View All
Competitive House Seats 20th most bipartisan out of 55 2
72% of bills View All
House Republicans 11th most bipartisan out of 246 0
50% of bills View All
All Representatives 137th most bipartisan out of 438 0
72% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Bills Cosponsored

13th most bills among House Republicans

Hanna cosponsored 253 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation 8th most bills out of 27 82
645 bills View All
Competitive House Seats 8th most bills out of 55 59
381 bills View All
House Republicans 13th most bills out of 247 4
413 bills View All
All Representatives 88th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 440 4
651 bills View All
 

Cosponsors

182nd fewest cosponsors among All Representatives; tied with 2 others

Hanna’s bills and resolutions had 99 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
New York Delegation 12th fewest cosponsors out of 27 6
1,202 cosponsors View All
Competitive House Seats 27th fewest cosponsors out of 55 0
695 cosponsors View All
House Republicans 103rd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 247 0
985 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 182nd fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 2) out of 440 0
1,266 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hanna introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation fewest bills along with 12 others out of 27 0
5 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 30 others out of 55 0
5 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 75 others out of 247 0
12 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 203 others out of 440 0
12 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

Hanna held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Hanna’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
New York Delegation 5th highest score (tied w/ 12) out of 27 0
6 points View All
Competitive House Seats 6th highest score (tied w/ 20) out of 55 0
6 points View All
House Republicans 48th highest score (tied w/ 104) out of 247 0
11 points View All
All Representatives 69th highest score (tied w/ 202) out of 440 0
11 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Hanna’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation fewest bills along with 8 others out of 27 0
9 bills View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 18 others out of 55 0
7 bills View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 69 others out of 247 0
10 bills View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 128 others out of 440 0
10 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Laws Enacted

Hanna introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
New York Delegation fewest bills along with 20 others out of 27 0
2 laws View All
Competitive House Seats fewest bills along with 44 others out of 55 0
2 laws View All
House Republicans fewest bills along with 194 others out of 247 0
5 laws View All
All Representatives fewest bills along with 359 others out of 440 0
5 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hanna supported any of 28 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hanna 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
New York Delegation least supportive along with 8 others out of 27 0
4 points View All
Competitive House Seats least supportive along with 30 others out of 55 0
4 points View All
House Republicans least supportive along with 170 others out of 247 0
7 points View All
All Representatives least supportive along with 188 others out of 440 0
9 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.